For Immediate Release: May 8, 2020


NARAL Pro-Choice America Criticizes Republicans for Prioritizing Politics Over Iowan Lives by Rushing to Reopen State in Midst of Ongoing Pandemic

Despite Iowa having one of the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, Governor Kim Reynolds has begun opening non-essential businesses, including tanning salons and medical spas, under a new proclamation. Republicans in Iowa and Washington, DC have been pushing to reopen states, including Iowa, against public health guidance and despite the continued uptick in cases and hospital systems strained to a breaking point as they work to care for patients with COVID-19.

The opening of businesses like tanning salons coincides with Vice President Pence’s visit to Des Moines, who continues to prioritize ideology over science as he and President Trump ignore experts and rush to reopen the economy, jeopardizing people’s lives and well-being. In response NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kristin Ford said the following: 

“Governor Reynolds’ reckless decision to rush Iowa’s reopening — and the support her decision has garnered from officials like Vice President Pence and Sen. Joni Ernst — serves as the latest in a string of examples of Republican leaders prioritizing politics and profits over the well-being of our families and communities as we face an unprecedented pandemic. 

Republican politicians have made clear their willingness to put their own agenda ahead of the health of Americans. From Senator Ernst praising Gov. Reynolds for prematurely easing social distancing guidelines to Pence irresponsibly visiting Des Moines hours after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19, Republicans continue to demonstrate a reckless disregard for the lives of Iowans.” 


NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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